Spring is in the air!  For lots of people, the warming weather means they can get back to gardening.  Whether you have a massive garden and a green thumb, or just have a tiny bit of turf to tend, pet owners know that some plants can present health risks to our furry family members.  Seemingly unrelated, almost all pet owners also know all about the danger of chocolate.  Why am I talking about chocolate in a post that started off being about gardening?  Because of cocoa mulch, that's why!  Don't let your pet become a victim of the mulchacre (get it - mulch massacre?)!  The dangers that cocoa mulch can present to pets is no laughing matter. ...continue reading "The Dangers Of Cocoa Mulch"

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I've mentioned at least a few times now that, since the weather here has been getting nicer, I've been spending a lot more time playing with the boys at the park.  One day in particular last week I walked Kit to the beach, via a path that was bordered by lots of fresh green grass, and all Kit wanted to do was graze!  ...continue reading "Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?"

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Back in February I posted a video of my rabbit, Barnaby, begging for then eating his morning 'cookie'.  I had planned on eventually writing a bit more about why I started this ritual with Barnaby.  Here's a hint, it's not just because Barnaby loves cookies!  ...continue reading "The Rabbit Treat Test"

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Most veterinarians will recommend, to reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick from parasite borne diseases, that pet owners use flea and tick preventatives on their pets. Usually this means using a monthly topical flea/tick preventative. These topical treatments are usually applied to the pets' skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Once applied, the animals' oil glands soak up the medication and spread it all over the surface of the pets skin. When a flea or tick goes to bite your pet, they are exposed to the preventative on the pets skin and usually killed or repelled. ...continue reading "Alternatives to Traditional Chemical Flea and Tick Prevention"

Millions of homeless pets are euthanized in animal shelters each year. One sure way to make sure that your beloved pets do not contribute to this tragic number is to get them spayed or neutered. However, depending on where you live and what type of pet you have the surgery to have your pet fixed can be quite expensive.  Luckily, there are a number of different programs that offer lower cost spaying or neutering services. ...continue reading "Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs"

Obesity is a growing epidemic for pets. Even some well meaning owners allow their pets to become overweight. It can be hard to refuse giving your pet extra treats, and with today's hectic schedules it can sometimes be hard to give our pets the exercise they need. ...continue reading "How to Calculate Your Pets Caloric Needs"

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Like with humans, the growing waist sizes of American pets is quickly becoming a national epidemic. A 2016 survey among American pet owners, conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, found that around 59% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. ...continue reading "Obesity is a Growing Problem for Pets"

By now I assume everyone with a dog has already heard about the recent Evanger's recall.  For anyone who hasn't heard, perhaps those of you who don't have dogs or don't feed Evanger's/commercial dog foods, all this started back in January after one dog died and others became ill from consuming Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned food.  It was eventually determined that Evanger's canned food manufactured in June of 2016 tested positive for the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital. ...continue reading "My Thoughts on the Evanger’s Recall"

66My Papillon, Kitsune, will be 8 next month.  Coming to terms with the fact that he's getting old hasn't exactly been easy for me.  Many vets consider 8 year old dogs to be seniors.  Kit is still active and playful, but the black hairs on his face are starting to turn white, and he suffers from arthritis in his back legs.  Our vet gave us prescription pain meds (NSAIDS) for when Kit has bad days with his arthritis, but they come with a host of side effects that I'd like to avoid, if at all possible. ...continue reading "How CBD Has Helped Kitsune"

66November, as well as being Adopt a Senior Pet Month, is also Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  The awareness campaign was started in 2005 by the VPI Pet Insurance company (http://www.petinsurance.com). The VPI website states that cancer is "the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Fortunately, early detection and treatment of cancer in pets can prolong life and increase chances of survival." For the thousands of pet owners who have had to deal with cancer in their pets, this is a message that hits particularly close to home. ...continue reading "November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month"